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Explosion rips through California refinery

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 00:41

A massive flame burns from a stack amid widespread damage at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, CA after an explosion. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Workers were evacuated Wednesday from Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance, California refinery after an explosion. The explosion occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit of the refinery, according to David Campbell, the treasurer and secretary of the local chapter of the United Steelworkers that represent operators at the plant. Exxon Mobil said the incident occurred at about 8:50 a.m. local time on Wednesday. "Emergency procedures have been activated to address the incident, and employees are working with the appropriate agencies," the company said in a statement. The company said it was evaluating the cause of the incident, according to Gesuina Paras, a Public and Government Affairs Advisor.

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Explosion rips through California refinery

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 00:41